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15th September 2020, 19:15

Three men charged with conspiracy to defraud following lengthy investigation prompted by criminal complaint by Bland Ltd and Govt

Three men have been charged with conspiracy to defraud Bland Limited and having undermined its ability to perform its National Central Intelligence System contract with the Government. Thomas John Cornelio, John Christopher Perez and Caine Derek Sanchez will appear in court on Wednesday.

The charges follow a long investigation following a criminal complaint by Bland Limited and the Government of Gibraltar following alleged conduct in 2018 and 2019. The investigation has been carried out by the Royal Gibraltar Police with help from the UK’s National Cyber Crime Unit at the National Crime Agency.

It is alleged that the defendants dishonestly undermined the ability of Bland Limited to perform its contractual agreement with HM Government of Gibraltar in connection with the National Security Central Intelligence System maintenance agreement and thereby attempted to obtain the benefit of that agreement for themselves and/or 36 North Limited.

In addition to the conspiracy to defraud charge, Thomas Cornelio was charged with 14 computer misuse related offences, including three counts of Unauthorised Access to Computer Material, three counts of unauthorised acts with intent to impair, or with recklessness as to impairing, operation of computers, and eight counts of unauthorised acts causing, or creating risk of serious damage.

In addition to the conspiracy to defraud charge, Caine Sanchez has also been charged with one count of Misconduct in Public Office and one count of Aiding and Abetting Unauthorised Access to Computer Material.

All men have been released on police bail and will appear before the Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday at 10am.